BOSTON — In his 33rd game in a Red Sox uniform, Trevor Story finally provided some gratification to a team that signed him to a $140-million contract but hasn’t had much to show for it.
Story had the night of all nights on Thursday, when he reached base all five times and finished 4-for-4 with three home runs, five runs, seven RBIs, a walk and a stolen base to lead the Sox to a come-from-behind 12-6 win over the Seattle Mariners.
Rich Hill had a rough outing to put the Sox behind 4-0 in the second inning, but Story got two back in the bottom of the second with a long fly over the center-field wall, then two more to tie the game in a third inning on a blast over the Green Monster. He added a majestic three-run shot over the Monster in the eighth for good measure.
It marked his first multi-homer game in a Sox uniform, and easily the best game of his tenure in Boston.
1. What a Story
It’s no coincidence that the Red Sox offense turned a corner in the second inning against the Braves last Tuesday, around the same time Story started heating up at the plate.
Story had been booed off the Fenway Park field a few days earlier, when he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts against Shohei Ohtani. The Sox offense was stuck in the mud, having scored just 14 runs in a six-game homestand.
But they exploded for six runs in the second inning of their first game of the road trip last week, and Story was right in the middle of it. Since that game, he’s gone 11-for-33 (.333) with five home runs, 11 runs, 13 RBIs, six walks to just eight strikeouts and four stolen bases.
It’s hard to say specifically if Story is feeling his best at the plate, but he’s certainly taking advantage of mistakes in a way he wasn’t doing during the first five weeks of the season.